Showing posts with label Solar Decathlon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Solar Decathlon. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Virginia Tech designs zero-energy Lumenhaus home for Solar Decathlon


Eco Factor: Net zero-energy home gets powered by rooftop solar panels, harvested rain and gray water.

This year’s Solar Decathlon competition has kept universities craving for the next-gen technology that can be integrated into smart homes of the future. Virginia Tech’s entry to the competition is named Lumenhaus and just like other competitors, the house is designed to sport off-grid sustainable living.


The Lumenhaus home is an 800-square-foot, 1-bedroom residence with an open floor plan that can be extended to the outside decks. The house integrates an innovative Eclipsis System developed by the same institute that uses advanced weather monitoring systems to automatically open or close the shading system.


The Eclipsis System also offers advanced insulation, thanks to the use of aerogel, which allows natural light to illuminate the interiors and stops summer heat or winter cold. The roof of the house is composed of double efficient solar cells, which are bifacial and enhance the energy generated by as much as 15%.


Other green systems that will be introduced in the house include gray water recycling, rainwater harvesting, radiant floors, energy-efficient LED lighting and a home management system. In addition to all this, the house can also be controlled by smart phones to allow the owners to switch off any appliance that has been carelessly left operating even when no one is at home. And did we mention that the car parked outside the house in the top image does seem great?


Via: Inhabitat

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Solar Decathlon’s Team BeauSoleil Home Marries Culture with the Environment

Team BeauSoleil from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be entering their solar home in the  Solar Decathlon from October 9-13 and  October 15-18 in Washington DC.  20 Universities will be participating. (See here to watch videos of all the teams. ) This is the first time any team from the University has entered the contest.  What makes the Ragin’ Cajuns’ home so unique is that the students took their first hand experiences of the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to help design their  coastal home.

Why the name? It means “Beautiful Sun in French” or “Sunshine” in Cajun French. Watch the video above to see how they married their culture and the environment into this modest 800 highly functional space. 

It features:

  • Generates more energy than it consumes.  Totally solar powered.
  • Withstands hurricane-force winds
  • State-of-the-art kitchen for entertaining and cooking.   According to the University, “good conversation and great food are important elements of Louisiana.”
  • Attractive and affordable housing, ranging from $120,000 to $150,000
  • Self-sufficient housing that is especially ideal for coastal regions
  • Wide exterior porches for social interaction and entertaining
  • For updates on how this team does during the Decathlon, follow them on their Facebook page.

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